Meet the Staff
James Manseau Sauceda, Ph. D.
Director - Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Multicultural Center and Student Cultural Resource Centers
Dr. James Sauceda is an L.A. Chicano from the city of Dr. Dre (Compton). He graduated from CSULB, top of his class, and earned his PhD. from USC, summa cum laude in Communication Studies. He's the founding Director of the Multicultural Center at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Sauceda is a nationally recognized expert in Intercultural Communication and is a highly sought after keynote speaker on issues of Cultural Diversity. He is also the co-founder of the statewide California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education and has just completed his first novel, Buddha's Tooth.
Shanise Rachelle Cofield, M.S. Educational Counseling
Operations and Fiscal Coordinator - Office of Multicultural Affairs
Shanise Cofield is a Long Beach native. She attended high school at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and started her undergraduate career at the University of California, Irvine where she graduated with a B.A. Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. During her undergraduate education, Shanise had the opportunity to live in a Multicultural Freshman Hall. In this living and learning community she gained valuable experience with students from diverse backgrounds. It was this experience that ignited her great ambition to work with students in a future career, thus her second year of college she became a Student Programmer for the same Multicultural Freshman Hall, followed by Resident Advisor her junior year. Shanise received her Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling from the University of LaVerne. Shanise brings with her experience of having worked at the community college level and is new to the CSU System. Her background in academic and career advising is vital to her role as Operations and Fiscal Coordinator in the CSULB Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Student Support Staff
Student Culturual Resource Centers
Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Sarah Ayin is a transfer students pursuing a degree in Economics. She is an extrovert, born in South Sacramento and is now a transplant to Long Beach. She received her Associate of Arts degree for Transfer in Economics and hopes to build upon that knowledge here at CSULB. Sarah is a first-generation college student and is of Micronesian heritage. She is passionate about helping and encouraging students in pursuing higher education while learning of the diverse cultures on campus. She enjoys spending time with friends and family while eating Korean BBQ and sushi. In the future, she plans to pursue a master's degree and help families learn financial literacy.
Muslim Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: Upland, CA
Aaysha Memon is a Linguistics major with an interest in social work, filmmaking, journalism, and advocacy. Memon has experience in teaching English at the Long Beach Immigrants Right Coalition (LBIRC) and to elderly Punjab women in her hometown. She also developed her passion for advocacy by starting a Muslim Student Association and a Political Awareness Club on her high school campus. Memon currently volunteers for LBIRC and at 22 West Media. Memon hopes to be a voice for the Muslim community and to extend her resources to all students on campus. She strives to create a safe space for the Muslim community to express their concerns and grow together while on campus.
Pan-African Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Major: Africana Studies
Summerlove Williams was born and raised in Long Beach. She is currently an Africana Studies major and hopes to pursue a career as a professor. She makes an effort to frequent activities on campus related to ethnic studies and cultural events. Her communication skills have helped her form a stronger love of building community with her CSULB family and helping amplify the voices of underrepresented groups on campus. She enjoys painting, reading, and forming friendships with people of different walks of life and hearing their stories. She would like to contribute toward growth and diversity and making the world more inclusive one day at a time.
Puvungna Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Major: Human Development & Chicano Latino Studies, Certificate in American Indian Studies
Miztlayolxochitl (Miztla) comes from the Tongva People of Los Angeles and the Mexica people of Mexico. She was born and raised in Southern California. She is a Bachelor of Arts candidate earning a double major in Human Development and Chicano and Latino Studies, as well as a certificate in American Indian and Indigenous Cultures. She is a paddler of a traditional Tongva plank canoe, an Aztec dancer, and a student leader in various Native American and Latinx student organizations on and off campus
Raza Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: Quito, Ecuador
Major: Human Resources Management
Pamela moved to Los Angeles five years ago from Quito, Ecuador. She is currently a Business major specializing in Human Resources Management. She tries to be involved in campus activities because these different programs and school organizations have helped her develop her leadership skills. Also, she have founded her love to talk, listen and help people through this experiences. She enjoys going out, exploring and takes pictures of everything! She also enjoys the opportunity to work with students and learn about other cultures. Pamela believes that culture sets values in a person’s mind which leads to how a person thinks throughout life. She always says that different cultures and different people make our world a beautiful place.
The Multicultural Center
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Major: Chicano Latino Studies
Sebastian is a first-generation Chicanx student hailing from Santa Ana. Sebastian earned his A.A. in Chicanx Studies at Santa Ana College and is currently pursuing a B.A. in Chicanx & Latinx Studies and a Minor in Womyn's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Sebastian is an avid bookworm and enthusiastic music aficionado. When he is not devouring an entire book in one sitting, he can be found spinning his favorite records. Sebastian hopes to give back to not only his Chicanx community but to all marginalized cultures because he strongly believes in the power of unity and that no one is free until we all are. He is honored to be a part of the amazing OMA team and looks forward to learning valuable leadership skills and work with a diverse group of cultures to greatly enhance his knowledge, professionally as well as personally.
Hometown: Tulare, California
Major: Marine Biology
Hector was born in Los Angeles but raised in the farmlands of Central California among his many farm animals. He is a first-generation student with the sole purpose of making use of the opportunity his immigrant parents gave to him. Graduating top of his class from Tulare Union High, he was an active and outspoken member of his Gay-Straight Alliance club, becoming the president for two years. He also frequently participated in theater productions- even portraying Romeo once. Hector has always had a deep interest in diversity-related work, becoming a research assistant and presenting about the project “ Diversity on Campus ” on behalf of Dr. Alexandra Jaffe during his first year of college. Since then, he has dabbled in different areas to gain a variety of perspectives and skill sets, such as by assisting on wetland restoration research, conservation education, and theater performances. Now a junior, he hopes for nothing more than to gain crucial knowledge working with and for different minority groups.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Minor in History awarded 2016
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Candidate
department, Jada thrived having access to the intersectional theories that reflected the crossroads she walked. Not being able to give up her first love, she kept History as a minor. During her time as an undergraduate, she took every opportunity to positively influence the campus often with her daughter accompanying her to classes and meetings. She was an innovative mind behind the Safe Space CSU project. She has recently returned to complete her teaching credential. Her goal is to be able to integrate multicultural and intersectional works into her classroom. She hopes that her experience in OMA will be a positive catalyst towards her becoming an effective and influential educator. Fun fact: Jada is a huge dog lover; you can often find her and one of her pups roaming campus, attending meetings, or in class.